O’Brien: Mahon report is ‘tale of deceit and corruption’

O’Brien: Mahon report is ‘tale of deceit and corruption’

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien has said that the final report of the Mahon tribunal is “a tale of deceit and corruption”.

Speaking in the Dáil this morning during the debate on the tribunal’s report, the Cork North Central TD said it illustrated how big business and those who held high political office conspired to corrupt the planning process at the expense of ordinary citizens.

“Greedy individuals who no sense of remorse who used their position of influence within Fianna Fáil to line their own pockets with corrupt payments by corrupt developers at the expense of the very communities they were elected to represent,” he said.

“There can be no doubt in anyone’s mind following this report that some of the most senior figures in Fianna Fáil were up to their neck in the type of politics which served no one but themselves.

“It was these very same people, leading members of Fianna Fáil, who were responsible for nurturing, developing and maintaining the brown envelope culture, the Galway tents, the payoffs and shady bank accounts that existed in Irish political life for far too long.”

Deputy O’Brien said was asking the Government to consider the establishment of an all-party Oireachtas committee with the sole objective of implementing the Mahon tribunal's recommendations.

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